Yes, it is possible to save money on a wedding cake
A ring of garden roses and a pattern of frosting flowers cover this homemade banana wedding cake.
Wedding magazines often show cakes which are very expensive, but it doesn’t have to be that way. First, remember that cake is yummy and meant to be eaten and enjoyed! Many of the most expensive cakes are beautiful, but very time consuming to create, and that’s why they cost so much. A cake with buttercream frosting is what people really love, especially if it is made with real butter and real flavorings. Even a cake mix gets rave reviews if it is covered with homemade frosting that has been flavored with real flavoring such as almond, coconut, hazelnut, or even vanilla. So, think about a homemade cake.
If you do use a bakery, please be sure to ask for a sample. Cheap cakes may not be that great. To save money on a cake that you would actually love to eat, consider the following:
Consider a home baker. Look for bakers who work out of their homes. These talented artists can often produce an impressive cake for a reasonable price. Ask for referrals from other wedding vendors and make sure they are licensed.
Is there an in-house baker at your reception venue? If your caterer can also do the cake on-site, it may be cheaper and you will save on delvery charges.
Find a cake decorating instructor. Is there a craft store or community college that offers classes on cake making? Perhaps you might contract for a cake through one of these talented semi-pros.
Keep it Simple. Order a cake with a very simple icing design and save over the more time-consuming (and costly) cakes the bakery may show you. Decorate the cake yourself with fresh flowers.
Assemble it yourself. Get a price on different size cakes such as 10-inch, 12-inch, and 14-inches. Amazingly, they are often cheaper than a stacked cake, but you can learn how to do this yourself. Another option is to get several cakes and display them on a stand with different heights to create a nice appearance.
Frost it yourself. Ask if the bakery will sell you unfrosted cakes (very inexpensive) which you frost and decorate yourself. One of the biggest complaints about volume bakeries is not the cake but the frosting which is often made with shortening and leaves a greasy aftertaste. Homemade buttercream frosting is delicious and easy to prepare. Don’t feel that you have to be an expert decorator. Swirl frosting onto the cake, then sprinkle the cake and table with rose petals. Add a few roses on top or your favorite cake topper.
A homemade cake can be just as lovely, and sometimes tastier than a commercially made cake. The cost can be as little $.50 per slice, by far the least expensive. Practice ahead of time will ensure that whoever is recruited for this job can master the skills involved. Also remember, this is time-consuming. Start two days before the wedding.
To get a feel for what is involved we suggest having a practice session far in advance. Try making a simple yellow cake mix (we like Pillsbury or Duncan Hines brands) and frosting it with our buttercream frosting recipe. See what you think. Many people today have never even had a cake with homemade frosting and will be impressed with your efforts.
For a recipe for delicious homemade frosting, click here.